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Welcome to the Saint Therese Catholic Church, located at 5276 East 105th in Garfield Heights, Ohio. Saint Therese is part of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland under the direction of Bishop Richard Lennon.

Mass Times
Saturday 5:30 PM - NEW
Sunday 10:30 AM - NEW
Holy Days See Bulletin for Holy Day Mass Schedule
Weekdays Monday 7:00pm
Monday Evenings at 7:00pm
Every Thursday - 6:45 PM Early Bird
Phone Numbers
Rectory 216-581-2852
Youth Ministry 216-662-8685 x123
Credit Union 216-587-0631
Click here to get Directions to St. Therse Parish

Mission Statement
We, the people of St. Therese Parish,
are disciples of Jesus, led by the Holy Spirit
and made one in our celebration of the Eucharist.
Nourished by our faith and with a desire to serve others,
we are to hear the word of God, keep it,
and share the Good News

Click above for a downloadable parishioner registration form. There are three options for returning the completed form:
1. Mail the completed, printed form to the rectory.
2. Drop the completed, printed form in the rectory.
3. Drop the completed, printed form in the collection basket.


Pastor Rev. John Schneider
Deacon Rev. Mr. Robert Bugaj 216-581-2852
Pastor Emeritus Rev. Norman Gajdzinski
Youth Minister Mrs. Nancy Heineke 216-662-8685 x123
Music Director Mr. Frank Kozuch 216-581-2852
Click to Contact St. Therse Parish Staff

Prayer to Saint Therese

Saint Therese O glorious Saint Therese, whom Almighty God has raised up to aid and counsel mankind,
I implore your Miraculous Intercession.
So powerful are you in obtaining every need of body and soul our Holy Mother Church
Proclaims you a "Prodigy of Miracles...the Greatest Saint of Modern Times."
Now I fervently beseech you to answer my petition; and to carry out your promises of spending
Heaven doing good upon the earth...of letting fall from Heaven a Shower of Roses.
Henceforth, dear Little Flower, I will fulfill your plea "to be made known everywhere"
And I will never cease to lead others to Jesus through you.

In 1927 Garfield Heights was a fast-growing suburb, and Bishop Joseph Schrembs recognized that the time had come to establish a new parish for the burgeoning Catholic population there. On February 1, 1927, he created St. Therese Church, named for St. Therese of Lisieux, whom Pope Pius XI had canonized two years earlier. Named as the first pastor, Fr. Richard P. Gibbons shouldered the task of organizing this new faith community. The choice was made to erect a building that would house both a school and a worship space, and on October 20, 1927, the first Mass was celebrated there, with the first classes convening a month later. Under the next pastor, Fr. Thaddeus T. Marchant, more classrooms were added to the school in 1942 and 1949, the parish gained a convent, and a new rectory was built. The parish's unabated growth moved Fr. James H. Smith, who succeeded Fr. Marchant, to propose erecting a new church building. This new structure was dedicated on October 3, 1960, capping a five-year building campaign.

Throughout their history, the people of St. Therese have lived as a vibrant, faith-filled community that strives to carry on Jesus' mission of proclaiming the Father's love, strengthened in this by the sacraments and Scripture. God has given us a mission through baptism. Like those who went before us, we will be faithful to it, ministering in Garfield Heights and wherever we go.